Terry Fox Run sees bigger turnout, funds

Maybe it was the fact it was the 25th anniversary of the first Terry Fox “Marathon of Hope,” but this year’s run here turned out be one of the best in years.
While organizer Denise Audette still was waiting for some pledges to come in, it looks as if yesterday’s Terry Fox Run brought in at least $13,000.
This tops last year’s total of just over $9,000.
Marj Katerick once again was the top pledge-getter, raising her goal of $2,005, while Joyce Gosselin raised the second-most money with $1,101 in pledges.
This year’s participation was up, too, with about 200 men, women, and children taking to the streets of Fort Frances—many wearing the eye-catching 25th anniversary Terry Fox T-shirts.
There were 131 participants last year, and only 94 the year before that.
Participants started gathering at the old CN station around 1 p.m. as they registered and turned in their pledges.
After Jackie Lampi-Hughes of Energy Fitness led the participants in some warm-up exercises, and Mayor Dan Onichuk gave a brief speech and cut the starting ribbon, the run got underway at 2 p.m.
Participants walked, ran, jogged, or wheeled themselves to the overpass near Pither’s Point via Central Avenue, Second Street East, Victoria Avenue, and Front Street (the La Verendrye Parkway), and then returned.
Once back at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, participants and volunteers were treated to hotdogs and beverages.
The total distance was around 10 km. Both the OPP and an ambulance escorted the participants along the way.
Audette said 29 volunteers helped out with the event, doing everything from taking in pledges to cooking food and handing out water to participants along the course.
In related news, local resident Ed Katona and cycling partner Arnie Johnsrud of Lorette, Man. departed for Thunder Bay on Friday to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation, with the aim to be back sometime tomorrow or Wednesday.
Katona has collected pledges from friends, family, and co-workers at the Civic Centre, which he’ll turn over to the Volunteer Bureau upon his return. Last year, he raised about $1,500.